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Budget-conscious in no way means less creative, as proven by this waffle truck in the middle of Hotel BLOOM!'s breakfast area | Courtesy of Hotel BLOOM!
Budget-conscious in no way means less creative, as proven by this waffle truck in the middle of Hotel BLOOM!'s breakfast area | Courtesy of Hotel BLOOM!
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Where To Stay In Brussels On A Budget

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Updated: 9 February 2017
If you want to pinch a few pennies during your next European city trip but aren’t too keen on sharing a hostel dorm with snoring strangers, Brussels has some modest hotel gems that prove that low-key doesn’t necessarily equal low-comfort. Keeping in mind that the capital’s rates tend to go down during weekends instead of up, these nine options lend themselves to a pocket-book-friendly getaway.
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Hotel à la Grande Cloche

You’ll find Hotel à la Grande Cloche housed in a beautifully renovated corner building smack dab in the middle of the city center at Rouppe Square. Two blocks away from the world’s most famous peeing boy statue and only a couple more from the Grand Place, its old-style furnishings give a feel for an older, more authentic Brussels.

Place Rouppe 10, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 512 61 40

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Archimede Guest House

A cute residence nestled in Brussels’ European Quarter, the Archimede Guest House comes fully equipped with everything you need to experience living in Brussels like a true local. A kitchen, dining room and balcony are all at your disposal, as is a bike rental on site for cycling to the nearby beauty that is the Cinquantenaire Park.

Rue Archimede 62, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 473 64 22 24

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Hotel BLOOM!

Don’t be fooled by Hotel BLOOM!‘s modern yet mundane façade. Behind lies a designer hotel with unique rooms that almost 300 young European artists have used as their canvas with the inspiring word ‘bloom’ in mind. The hand-painted frescoes, large street-art decorated lobby and resident artist housed in the hotel’s Penthouse Art Space leave no doubt as to where Hotel BLOOM!’s loyalties lie. Modern art and culture lovers will feel right at home here, and will be happy to know they’re staying a stone’s throw from concert hall Le Botanique and its gorgeous botanical garden.

Rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 220 66 11

Rooms at Hotel BLOOM! have all been given a unique touch by a young artist | Courtesy of Hotel BLOOM!

Rooms at Hotel BLOOM! have all been given a unique touch by a young artist | Courtesy of Hotel BLOOM!

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Hotel Villa Royale

Never fear, the Hotel Villa Royale‘s name is inspired by its proximity to the capital’s Royal Park and Royal Square, not royal prices. Rooms range from simple yet comfortable to great luxury, with an optional hammam or sauna session and even a hairdresser. Breakfast is served in an area looking out onto a lovely little garden patio.

Rue Royale 195, 1210 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 226 04 60

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Theater Hotel Brussels

Housed inside a quaint and renovated townhouse, the Theater Hotel is an ideal pick for the avid culture lover who prefers to spend their money on plays rather than on posh suites. Close to the dockside Kaaitheater and many other houses of culture, it’s the ideal starting point for a getaway filled with the good kind of drama.

Rue van Gaver 23, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 350 90 00

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Hotel Retro

Walking through the charming double doors of this grand building, it becomes clear that Hotel Retro has tackled the ‘retro’ part of its name with an understated elegance. The dining room area and other communal spaces are filled with lamps and designer chairs in rounded forms, providing that typical retro feel without going overboard. Though this casual boutique hotel may lie a couple of kilometers outside of the city center, this is more than made up for by the great metro connection, reasonable prices and proximity to Le Botanique’s gorgeous gardens.

Chaussée de Haecht 3, 1210 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 210 19 90

At Hotel Retro, Marilyn will watch over you during breakfast | Courtesy of Hotel Retro

At Hotel Retro, Marilyn will watch over you during breakfast | Courtesy of Hotel Retro

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Rembrandt Hotel

Family-owned and small, with only 12 rooms, Rembrandt Hotel’s interior embraces granny-chic, with framed pictures of churches and flower-patterned wallpaper adorning the quaint rooms. It’s more of a bed-and-breakfast feeling that persists in this comfortable place, where time seems to have stood still and the hotel’s resident cat might let you pet her if you’re lucky. Dropping any pretense of being hip, the warm and personable staff has chosen to put the focus on making their guests feel comfortable instead. This approach has resulted in a whole bunch of regulars and great word of mouth.

Rue de la Concorde 42, 1050 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 512 71 39

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Hotel Satellite

Elegant rooms in a sleek black-and-white color palette, with a cozy rug perfect for bare feet are on offer at Hotel Satellite. Another good value-for-money staple in the capital’s European Quarter, many rooms come equipped with small kitchenettes, microwaves, fridges and espresso machines to help you cut down on your costs even more.

Rue Franklin 157, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 733 46 88

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MaxHotel

Keeping it simple yet modern goes a long way in pushing down prices, and that’s exactly what MaxHotel has done. A splash of bright green is all you need to liven up a place this close to the historic city center. Hardly a kilometer from the capital’s famed Grand Place, its central location makes MaxHotel one of the most coveted budget spots around.

Boulevard Adolphe Max 107, 1000 Brussels, Belgium, +32 2 219 00 60

Sleek, modern and with a splash of green to brighten things up | Courtesy of MaxHotel

Sleek and modern with a splash of neon green | Courtesy of MaxHotel